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Release Date:
13 June 1978 (UK) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 20)

Tim Curry ... William Shakespeare (6 episodes, 1978)

Paul Freeman ... Dick Burbage (6 episodes, 1978)
John Normington ... Alex Cooke / ... (6 episodes, 1978)

Ron Cook ... Jack Rice (6 episodes, 1978)

Richard Cordery ... Henry Condell (6 episodes, 1978)
Ronald Herdman ... Sam Crosse (6 episodes, 1978)

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Jack Heminge (6 episodes, 1978)

Michael Hadley ... Augustine Phillips (5 episodes, 1978)
Derek Royle ... William Kempe (5 episodes, 1978)
Nicholas Clay ... Earl of Southampton (4 episodes, 1978)

John McEnery ... Hamnet Sadler (3 episodes, 1978)
Matthew Taylor ... Hercules (3 episodes, 1978)

Series Directed by
Mark Cullingham (3 episodes, 1978)
Robert Knights (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Writing credits
John Mortimer (6 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
Cecil Clarke .... producer (6 episodes, 1978)
Lorna Mason .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1978)
Peter Roden .... co-producer (6 episodes, 1978)
Series Original Music by
Richard Hill (6 episodes, 1978)
Series Production Design by
Michael Bailey (6 episodes, 1978)
Henry Graveney (6 episodes, 1978)
Series Costume Design by
David Walker (6 episodes, 1978)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Grant .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1978)
Series Music Department
Richard Hill .... music arranger (6 episodes, 1978)
Series Other crew
Arnold Ross .... location manager (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Life of Shakespeare" - USA (alternative title)
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60 min (6 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Quite interesting, 23 April 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

The Life of Shakespeare isn't entirely successful, it doesn't completely get under the skin of some of Shakespeare's life and some of the relationships could have been further explored perhaps. But it was much better than I expected, I to be honest wasn't actually expecting it to be good, despite being a fan of Tim Curry and some of the other cast members.

Even with the flaws, this series wasn't in my opinion bad at all and a lot compensates. Despite me being a big Tim Curry fan, I was not sure at all whether he would work as Shakespeare. But in a very strong and appealing performance, and he is also very sexy here, he does. Curry is well supported by Paul Freeman, Ian McShane and particularly Nicholas Clay who steals the show a number of times.

The sets, costumes and photography are nothing grand or lavish, nor did they need to be. They still look great though, and stick true to the period. I also liked the 17th century lilt to the music too, the witty and intelligent writing and the stylish direction especially in the first episode.

All in all, surprisingly good series and an interesting one too. For Shakespeare fans, you will either love it or hate it, for Tim Curry fans, it is a treat! 8/10 Bethany Cox

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